As 2012 winds down, it’s time to reflect on some of the communities’ leaders and their influence.
There is a lot to applaud.
Derry police Chief Edward Garone marked his 40th year on the job last spring. Town officials celebrated his tenure by naming June as Ed Garone Month.
His tenure and success are laudable. He came to Derry at a time when his service and leadership were sorely needed. His presence has been felt.
In addition to cracking down on crime, Garone has been an active leader in community life. He’s well known for his work with the Boys and Girls Club, in Rotary and more.
He is now the police chief with the longest tenure in the state. We hope he sticks around.
Next door, police Chief William Hart has had a busy year.
When former Town Manager David Caron resigned, Hart stepped in as interim manager, a role he still holds.
Not only has Hart juggled the running of the town and the police department with aplomb, he’s made some significant changes that should serve the town well.
Interim managers are often little more than placeholders, maintaining the status quo until the position is filled permanently. That’s not an approach Hart has taken and the town is better off for it.
Many hoped Hart would throw his name in the hat for the job, perhaps even maintaining his dual roles. But, that was not to be. Hart is not a candidate for the permanent job and will return to being a fulltime chief when the Town Council makes its choice sometime next year.
But he has served the town well during his six months as interim leader and residents can expect more of him in the months ahead and once he’s back in the station full time. Londonderry needs more leaders like him.